Affordable Luxury near Disney World: The Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista


The Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is a Marriott brand hotel that is near the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  This affordable hotel is a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel that enjoys one of the best locations in the theme park area.

Located approximately two miles from Disney Springs, this 490-room hotel features two outdoor pools, a fully equipped fitness center, and multiple food & beverage options. There is also scheduled shuttle bus service to the Walt Disney World theme parks.

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The Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hotel rates at the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista?

The Sheraton  Orlando Lake Buena Vista is a fairly affordable hotel.  Depending on the time of year, hotel rates typically range from less than $100 per night to around $250.00 per night (for peak travel times).

How close is the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista to the Walt Disney World theme parks?

The Sheraton is located approximately two miles from Disney Springs and about 10 to 15 minutes to all four of the Walt Disney World theme parks.

How close is the hotel to Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando?

The Sheraton is located approximately 15 minutes to the Universal Orlando Resort via Interstate 4 or Palm Parkway / Turkey Lake Road.  SeaWorld Orlando is approximately 10 minutes from the hotel.

Is there a Resort Fee or Parking Charge at the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista?

As of March 2024, there is a $23.95 per night resort fee and a $25.00 per night parking charge. Valet parking is available and costs $32.00 per night (the valet guys are great and some of the nicest in Orlando).

Does the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista offer theme park transportation?

The Sheraton offers complimentary scheduled shuttle bus service to the Walt Disney World theme parks.

Is there a nice pool at the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista?

The Sheraton features the zero-entry Beach Pool as well as the Slide Pool with features a water slide.

What are the food & beverage options at the hotel?

The Sheraton features several on-site dining options include the Zest Restaurant & Bar as well as the 27 Palms Pool Bar & Grill.  There is also the Spring Board Market Place which serves beverages and snacks.

What is the pet policy at the hotel?

The Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista does not allow pets.

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The Location of Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

The Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista has one of the most convenient locations near the Walt Disney World Resort, just two miles north of Disney Springs.  The hotel is also very close to International Drive, SeaWorld Orlando, the Orange County Convention Center and Interstate 4. Overall, the property is well located near all the Orlando area theme parks, the Orlando International Airport and several of Orlando’s major shopping & entertainment destinations.

Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

12205 S. Apopka Vineland Road

Orlando, Florida  32836

407.239.0444

It will take travelers about 25 minutes to get to the hotel from the Orlando International Airport and around 10 minutes to get to the Orlando / Orange County Convention Center.  

There are several restaurants and retail venues within a very short distance to the hotel which include Olive Garden, Kobe’ Japanese Steakhouse, Paddywagon Irish Pub and KPOT Korean BBQ.  Additional there is a Starbucks located just outside the front door.

Theme parks and other local destinations are short distance to the hotel.  Per Google Maps, travel time is as follows (non-peak hours):

  • Disney Springs: Less than 10 minutes.
  • The Magic Kingdom Park: Approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  • EPCOT: Approximately 15 minutes.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Approximately 20 minutes.
  • The Universal Orlando Resort: Approximately 20 minutes.
  • SeaWorld Orlando: Less than 15 minutes.
  • ICON Park: Less than 15 minutes.
  • Downtown Orlando: Approximately 30 minutes.
  • Orlando Premium Outlets: Less than 10 minutes.
  • Vineland Premium Outlets: Approximately 25 minutes.

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Hotels Amenities at the Hotel

While not small at 490-room, the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is not one of the major resort hotels in the area outside of Walt Disney World so it does not have all the features & amenities of the larger properties.  However, it’s amenities are considered to be adequate and include:

Two Outdoor Swimming Pools

The hotel features two heated outdoor swimming pools that have ample patio seating. The zero-entry Beach Pool is perfect for smaller children and has a water play area. The adjacent Slide Pool has a two story water slide that is supervised by a staff member.  

The pool area is open daily from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM and towels are provided near the pool entrance.  The water slide opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM.

Fitness Center

The Sheraton features a fully equipped fitness center with modern cardiovasular machines as well as an ample amount of strength training equipment including free weights.

The fitness center is open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

Top of the Palms Spa

The Sheraton features the Top of the Palms Spa which is full service spa and wellness facility that is located directly within the hotel.  Guests can rejuvenate with a variety of treatments such as a signature hot stone massage, therapeutic foot treatment, or cleansing facial. The spa offers an array of healing and relaxing services to guests looking to unwind during their stay at the resort.

During our most recent stay, the spa was offering a $150 special which included a 50 minute massage, 50 minute European facial, 20 minute foot treatment and a hand paraffin.

Recreation

Along with a large video game room, the Sheraton has an extensive outdoor patio area for recreational activities including a large chessboard, Connect 4 game,  and a fire pit. 

Theme Park Transportation

The Sheraton Orlando  Lake Buena Vista offers complimentary shuttle bus service to the Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney Springs, SeaWorld Orlando and the Universal Orlando Resort.  

As of March 2024, the shuttle schedule is as follows:

Departure Times

  • 8:10 AM – Universal Orlando
  • 8:10 AM – SeaWorld Orlando
  • 9:05 AM – Magic Kingdom (TTC)
  • 10:20 AM – EPCOT
  • 11:25 AM – Universal Orlando
  • 11:45 AM – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • 4:25 PM – Disney Springs

Pickup Times

  • 4:00 PM – Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Lane #68)
  • 6:20 PM – SeaWorld Orlando
  • 7:20 PM – Universal Orlando (Lane #77)
  • 10:15 PM – EPCOT (Lane #35)
  • 11:15 PM – Disney Springs

Additional Amenities at Courtyard include:

  • On-site theme park ticket center
  • Computer access in the lobby area
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Self service laundry facilities

The Rooms and Hotel Rates

At 490-rooms, the Sheraton is considered one of the mid-sized hotel for this area. Room Types range from traditional guest rooms with one king or two queen beds (some feature pool views), one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom family suites and one-bedroom executive suites. In-room amenities include flat panel televisions, working desk with chair, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, iron / ironing board, in-room safe and a hair dryer.

The hotel rates shown below are the best available rate for different dates during the year for two adults in both room traditional guest room types.  Theses were obtained from the hotel web site at the time of publication.

Rates for 2024   6/15/24 9/15/24 12/15/24
1 King Room   $172.00 $140.00 $189.00
2 Queen Room   $152.00 $132.00 $182.00

There is a 6% resort tax on top of a 6.5% sales tax on nightly rate.  There is also a $23.95 per night resort fee and a $25.00 per night self-parking fee.

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Food & Beverage Options

There are multiple food & beverage options at the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista which are as follows:

Zest Restaurant Bar & Grill

Zest Restaurant Bar & Grill is the hotel’s primary bar and eatery.  This venue is open daily from 7:00 AMto 11:00 AM for breakfast and 4:00 PM to midnight for dinner service.  

27 Palms

27 Palms is open daily lunch from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM. This poolside dining venue serves light bites and specialty cocktails. 

Spring Board Marketplace

The Spring Board Marketplace is open daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM and offers a variety of snacks and beverages.

What We Liked about Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista:

There are many different things to like at this hotel.  Following are some of the highlights:

  • Great location near Walt Disney World, restaurants & shopping
  • Fairly affordable hotel 
  • Decent amenities and dining options for the price point

What We Didn’t Like about the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista:

There were a few things not to like when staying at the this hotel which include:

  • Overnight parking charge of $25.00 per night
  • High resort fee of $23.95 per night
  • Traffic along Palm Parkway and Apopka Vineland Road

What We Think the Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is Perfect For:

The Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is great for a wide variety of travelers visiting Walt Disney World or the greater Orlando area is perfect for:

  • Guests visiting Walt Disney World and any of the other Orlando area theme parks
  • Large groups looking for an affordable hotel close to Disney
  • Marriott Bonvoy members that like to earn and/or use points

Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce has been a Florida resident since 1988 and has lived in a variety of places in the South Florida area. Jerry is an avid boater & water sports enthusiast, beach aficionado, a lover of great food, muscle car fan and a theme park annual passholder for many years. Some of his favorite places in Florida include the Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Cedar Key, the Loxahatchee River, St. Augustine and Ten Thousand islands.

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